The Biostar H110MHV3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.
It has 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Mini-ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||SLI Support||0 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Crossfire Support||0 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||Intel H110 Chipset||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||Mini-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||16 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Rear||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 3.0 Rear||2||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||VGA|
The Biostar H110MHV3 uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1866 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.
The Mini-ATX Biostar H110MHV3 uses a less common standard than the traditional ATX you most often see. As such, you should be wary of its compatibility with other cases, as well as the compatibility of PSUs with the case you choose.
The Biostar H110MHV3 has 4 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.
The Biostar H110MHV3 supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of VGA, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Biostar H110MHV3's VGA. The Biostar H110MHV3 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Biostar H110MHV3 has 2 USB 2.0 slots and 2 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.